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Old 01-10-2020, 08:08 PM
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With the plan for 37’s, I Decided to upgrade to psc big bore steering gearbox and add bigger steering pump as I find parking lots and driveways, not to mention off-road rocks, a pain even with 35’s. Not going full hydro but am doing the ported box in case I decide it’s necessary. Just started planning a September Ouray trip with some friends. Excited to finally get out there!

Good move, the ported PSC XDII steering box is a huge improvement over factory and allows an upgrade path to add a ram. I haven’t found it necessary so far with 37s. When I talked with PSC then said I didn’t need the pump since mine was pretty new and working fine. If yours has a lot of mileage on it though you might as well replace it.
Thanks. My shop thought I wouldn’t need the ram either but the premium on the ported vs imported to have insurance seemed worth it. I don’t have a ton of miles, just crossed 70k, but I’m also 10 years old so I figure when I can it makes sense to address things that wear due to mikes or age to prevent a breakdown in a remote spot. Not sure if water pump really fits in that category or not but we’re doing it!

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With the plan for 37’s, I Decided to upgrade to psc big bore steering gearbox and add bigger steering pump as I find parking lots and driveways, not to mention off-road rocks, a pain even with 35’s. Not going full hydro but am doing the ported box in case I decide it’s necessary. Just started planning a September Ouray trip with some friends. Excited to finally get out there!
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Ouray in Sept. was gorgeous for us last fall. I did a video of Black Bear on the YouTube channel.



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I’m super excited and it will be with a great group so should be really fun. I need to stretch this beasts legs, I’m pretty much at the desired endpoint on the build!
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Thanks. My shop thought I wouldnít need the ram either but the premium on the ported vs imported to have insurance seemed worth it. I donít have a ton of miles, just crossed 70k, but Iím also 10 years old so I figure when I can it makes sense to address things that wear due to mikes or age to prevent a breakdown in a remote spot. Not sure if water pump really fits in that category or not but weíre doing it!
With 70K miles I would replace the power steering pump as you are doing. The PSC XD gearbox makes a huge difference over stock.
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With 70K miles I would replace the power steering pump as you are doing. The PSC XD gearbox makes a huge difference over stock.
Ran into wranglerforum friend at the vet today and he seconds the opinion on the impact of the gearbox. Looking forward to it. Tw - Thanks for reading my intent vs words when I said water pump instead of power steering pump.
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Planning a Colorado trip to Ouray for September. Question is: do I need an altitude pulley with my Supercharger? Online commentary seems to be that it’s a positive, with autos of the 3.8l generation maybe even a near requirement. I’ve been fighting heat buildup and have read some folks see that with no pulley when they get to altitude It can be an increased issue. I’ve seen my heat problems accentuated when I’m in Amarillo (3,600’) so maybe connected? My shop thinks a good idea to add one, but it turns out that Magnuson never developed one for my setup, so I would have to piece it together. I’ve spoken with super chargers online and they have some pulleys that will work to go 1-2 sizes down but they think I should switch out during my normal life of 800’ elevation in N.Texas. That is unappealing. Any advice or thoughts would be welcome.
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Dropped off grinch for work previously discussed: track down random dying problem, add remote auxiliary transmission cooler, add front camera for help self spotting and parking, new ball joints, add artec gussets and trusses and LCA skids, plus 8 new teraflex alpine IR arms. Pretty excited for my return home! Anyone have experience with AEV bumpers and 37”s?
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In process pictures of front truss and new Alpine IR arms.
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Inner C Gusset armor and LCA skids... anyone looking for some used AEV geo brackets?
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Looking good!

What tires did you decide to go with?!?


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Havenít decided, I really have a ton of tread left on my 35Ēs so I think Iíll at least go the summer with them. Your Patagonias are compelling though!
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Saw a patch of oil in garage when Jeep was in shop, so I asked them to do a once over while it was on the lift. Sadly they found a fried O2 sensor and a leaking oil pan gasket, which turned into finding a timing cog piece in the oil pan (disadvantage of the oil drain valve I have is bits like that don’t make it out). So now we are replacing the timing chain and cog, which appears to be a pretty involved process. Only 74k miles. Maybe one or both of these was the cause of intermittent dying though? Wondering if the SC could have caused the timing cog break as well. Seems young to be having problems there?
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Saw a patch of oil in garage when Jeep was in shop, so I asked them to do a once over while it was on the lift. Sadly they found a fried O2 sensor and a leaking oil pan gasket, which turned into finding a timing cog piece in the oil pan (disadvantage of the oil drain valve I have is bits like that don’t make it out). So now we are replacing the timing chain and cog, which appears to be a pretty involved process. Only 74k miles. Maybe one or both of these was the cause of intermittent dying though? Wondering if the SC could have caused the timing cog break as well. Seems young to be having problems there?
Camshaft sprocket (aka timing cog in my no expert parlance) broken tooth and very loose timing chain. Already did the water pump a few months ago chasing the heat problem, so I think nothing else to proactively replace. Fingers crossed this nips the random dying prob.
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Happy to get this resolved. Hoping that I will see an extra 100 HP from increased efficiency. Clearly that broken tooth and damaged chain were sapping my SC of all sorts of power...
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Flexin with the new Teraflex Alpine IR arms. Will review rose quality when I get back in her, a little CEL problem after the timing chain and O2 repair...
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Just got my Jeep back from the shop having some adjustable arms added , axle trusses, c-joints replaced, transmission cooler added and timing chain and camshaft cog replaced. Was driving great for 4 days, then went to hop in to drive home from work, turned key and the engine won’t start. All electrical power is there (radio, Switch-Pro, accessories) but no joy on engine, starter simply wont turn over. The battery shows 12.4 v, the fuse for starter is fine, so I’m thinking it’s a starter that randomly picked this moment to keel over. I know they replaced the cam shaft sensor during my repair, and that cam shaft sensor trouble could also lead to starting probs, but I have no CEL, was running like a top before. Only other oddity was that when I got it back, it had started to keep running about 2 seconds after I had turned it off and removed the key from the ignition. Anyone have any thoughts?
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Update on my nostart condition: tried fuses, jumping, shifter position, ignition switch replacement and hitting starter with a hammer, all to no joy. Was going to go ahead and replace the starter but could not get to the top but to unbolt the darn thing. It’s with the shop now, I had to give up. I did learn that the auxiliary transmission cooler was wired into the ignition switch, which makes shop (and me) wonder if we are having an issue there. Will be interesting to see what the deal is in the end. Have been without it for a solid month (self inflicted mostly). Ready to get it back and rolling.
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Update on my nostart condition: tried fuses, jumping, shifter position, ignition switch replacement and hitting starter with a hammer, all to no joy. Was going to go ahead and replace the starter but could not get to the top but to unbolt the darn thing. Itís with the shop now, I had to give up. I did learn that the auxiliary transmission cooler was wired into the ignition switch, which makes shop (and me) wonder if we are having an issue there. Will be interesting to see what the deal is in the end. Have been without it for a solid month (self inflicted mostly). Ready to get it back and rolling.
It was the ignition fuse after all. I missed it. Shop got it started in just a few minutes. However... they ran the power for my auxiliary transmission cooler fan on the ignition line to power it and think that its pulling too much and popped that fuse. We are going to rewire power through the switch pro. I think I can set a switch to be auto on when vehicle is on, if not I will just flip it on when Iím on the highway or it is hot out. Still annoyed I couldnít figure out that last bolt on the starter though...

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